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Three key patents issued to antimicrobial company
Agienic, an Arizona-based innovator in antimicrobial technology, has announced the issuance of three key US patents on its novel copper-based antimicrobial materials.
These materials provide unprecedented antimicrobial activity at low cost. Safe for humans and the environment, they are believed to be markedly more effective than products now marketed to combat bacteria (Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Pseudomonas, Salmonella, Mycobacteria and E. coli), viruses, moulds and yeasts.
Not only do Agienic's materials exhibit outstanding effectiveness against a broad range of microbes, but they can also be tailored for incorporation in nearly any matrix material, whether solid or liquid.
Agienic expects that commercialisation of its exclusive materials will include applications from hospitals to cosmetics and personal-hygiene products, as well as the petroleum and natural-gas industry. The current market for antimicrobial products exceeds $10bn/year at wholesale.
Issuance of these patents protects Agienic's breakthrough technology, which can be used to create self-disinfecting surfaces - i.e., surfaces that can kill microbes that come in contact with the surfaces weeks or even months after the surfaces are treated.
Used in coatings, these materials offer the promise of reducing the spread of infectious microbes in hospitals and in the community. They can also provide extraordinary antimicrobial protection in wound care, are effective against the fungi responsible for dandruff and nail infections, and can also provide odour control in textiles and deodorants.
"These patents not only protect our core antimicrobial technology, they also protect key additives that permit the efficient manufacture of our materials using an environmentally-friendly process," notes Dr. Anoop Agrawal, Agienic's vice president of technology.
Agienic CEO Dr. Donald Uhlmann, former Cabot Professor of Materials at MIT, notes: "Agienic's materials, now patent-protected, not only provide unprecedented protection against multi-drug-resistant microbes that plague our society, they are also highly effective against the anaerobic bacteria that routinely degrade equipment in oil and gas production."
28th January 2016